Mining lobby attacks State Government over CSG regulation

THE NSW Government's latest coal-seam gas regulations have come under fire from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, which says the natural gas industry is being let down.

The chief executive of the industry's lobby group David Byard said the long-running debate over CSG exclusion zones had ignored the safe development of coal-seam gas resources in parts of Queensland for almost 20 years.

"A policy anchored in blanket no-go zones to "protect" areas from an industry that has been producing natural gas safely in Australia for decades is not a policy based on sound science or experience," Mr Byard said.

Mr Byard said APPEA supported balancing competing land uses but scientific evidence, not populist concerns, should be the arbiter.

He said the development of CSG would revitalise regional NSW and provide royalties for public services and infrastructure.

"Increased regulation that doesn't appear to be based on scientific evidence can only serve to slow development."



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